California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Style Examples - 251 to 300 (out of 485) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Avg Ratings > Bros
Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.003.352-
Rural People's Common LagerLinden Street Brewery5.504.342-
Kentucky Common (collab. W/ BBC)Great Flood Brewing Company4.804.322-
Esteemed BeerTriumph Brewing Company ? 3.912-
Todd EnglishDyckman Beer Co.5.003.722-
Toothless ProspectorSituation Brewing4.803.762-
Comptche LoggerUkiah Brewing Co.5.003.982-
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.803.442-
SMaSH Series: DumphoundedThe Dayton Beer Company4.702.132-
STrEAMLake Placid Craft Brewing Company ? 4.462-
Replicale 2016Myths & Legends Brewing Company6.503.42-
Olt Koenig Holiday AleHighlands Hollow Brewhouse5.502.972-
The Usual SuspectsVice District Brewing Company7.403.832-
CalifornicationTwisted Rail Brewing Company5.503.252-
Common To The LightBarley John's Brew Pub ? 3.72-
Old ReliableCheaha Brewing Company4.703.51-
Gold Rush IOCBase Camp Brewing Company7.4021-
Gold Rush CommonAuburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant5.0041-
Zierholz Australian Steam BeerZierholz Premium Brewery ? 4.031-
5 Teeth Short Of A SmileEast End Brewing Company4.103.851-
Summer Steam BeerThe 5 Lamps Dublin Brewery ? 3.581-
Luscious Cream AlePinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub5.303.561-
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.803.721-
Cali GirlFifty West Brewing Co4.903.441-
Indajani California CommonCervecerĂ­a Indajani5.004.51-
Steam BeerEmmett's Brewing Company ? 3.921-
El DoradoKinney Creek Brewery4.103.531-
N.E.Dark Side SteamRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.0041-
Steam BeerCopper Creek Brewing Co. ? 3.881-
Railyard Rust California CommonBosque Brewing Co.5.203.691-
Steam MachineKuhnhenn Brewing Company4.503.51-
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.803.931-
Hulls & OatsLittle Fish Brewing Company5.703.651-
Tragedy Of The CommonIowa Brewing Company4.904.251-
FogBlack Dragon Brewery & Woodland Homebrew Supply5.003.71-
Steamy!Beachwood BBQ & Brewing5.504.051-
Commack CommonThe Blind Bat Brewery LLC ? 3.911-
California CommonTrailhead Brewing Co ? 3.711-
Hwy 54 California CommonWalnut River Brewing Company6.303.51-
STrEAMStony Creek Brewery4.803.371-
Cowcatcher AleRoundhouse Brewery4.503.751-
Corvallis CommonFlat Tail Brewing5.003.441-
Islington Unfiltered Steam LagerHammerton4.703.581-
Dirty 30's California CommonDust Bowl Brewing Company5.303.731-
California CommonMikkeller ApS4.803.211-
UnCommon BeerRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery6.093.881-
Checkered PastAudacity Brewhouse6.203.251-
Qui Pro QuommonPogue Mahone Craft Beer4.803.81-
Jolly JohnnyBryggeri Fängelset5.001.741-
Thor's ThirstOswald Brewing Company4.003.261-
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